Drought declared national emergency

06 May 2019 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAY (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Monday declared a national state of emergency due to the drought.
“Following consultations with Cabinet and the wider government system, I declare under Article 26 of the Namibian Constitution that a state of emergency exists on account of the natural disaster of drought in all regions of Namibia,” Geingob said in a media statement issued by his office.
Under the state of emergency all offices, ministries and agencies and all other stakeholders will be mobilised to ensure that the necessary assistance is rolled out to affected communities.
“We have to take proactive measures to deal with the worst effects of the drought,” the president said.
Geingob said during the state of emergency, Government shall at all times endeavour to protect Namibians and their livestock from the drought.